Designing & building with good indoor air quality in mind
Facilities managers are perhaps most affected as the demand for well buildings grows. Whilst previously responsible for delivering building services, facilities managers are increasingly involved in providing environments that demonstrably enhance the working lives of their occupants.
Improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a key priority.
Similarly, developers and architects must now focus on the effect their buildings will have on the people who work in them. Since the 90s and the Green Building concept, they have worked to ensure their buildings were kind to the planet. Now they must be kind to their inhabitants too.
Wellness in buildings is the new “green”.
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By delivering healthy building design, there’s increasing evidence of the benefits for developers. A study claims that 73% of early adopters of WELL-certified buildings experiencing faster leasing rates and an increase of 62% in building values.
This proves that well buildings and good IAQ really do provide a strong competitive advantage.
Implementing a well building requires collaboration from the outset between architects and building services engineers. Risk assessments of potential outdoor and indoor sources of air pollution at design stage can inform the environmental strategy of a building. This leads to implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.
Undertaking a worker wellbeing survey post-occupancy is another effective evaluation tool. It measures the benefits of improved IAQ. This often includes feeling more awake during the afternoon and reduced headaches.
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